Contaminated milk powder isolated at Tipperary Co-op

A consignment of milk powder was discovered to be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria by Tipperary Co-op recently, which has since been isolated, the co-operative has confirmed.

Assurances have been given that the contaminated batch never made it to the food chain.

In a statement from Tipperary Co-op, it was revealed that the firm’s internal quality assurance system recently identified and isolated a pathogenic bacterium in a specific consignment of powder product produced by the co-op.

The co-op immediately ceased powder production and notified the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in accordance with standard incident management protocols, the statement said.

“Normal milk collection has continued in Tipperary with cheese and butter production continuing on-site and neighbouring processors handling milk powder requirements.

“These arrangements have ensured continuity of supply to customers while deep root cause analysis and rectification issues are being addressed.

“Tipperary expects powder production to resume in the coming weeks.”

Meat product recall

Dunnes Stores recently recalled a batch of its slow roasted turkey slices due to labelling issues, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

The implicated batch was labelled with an incorrect ‘use-by’ date, according to the authority.

Produced in Ireland, the recall affects 120g packs of ‘Dunnes Stores Slow Roasted Turkey Slices’.

The affected products bear the batch code ‘825B2’, and have a use-by date reading November 22, 2018.

According to the FSAI’s Facebook page, the affected product should have read October 22.